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International conferences on health and education between four border provinces of Viet Nam and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China

On the morning of September 9, 2021, the online conference on cooperation on the disease prevention and control in the border area and the online conference to discuss educational work between 04 border provinces of Viet Nam: Cao Bang, Lang Son, Quang Ninh, Ha Giang and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (China) took place.

Ms. Vuong Thi Tuyen - Deputy Director of Cao Bang Provincial Department of Health - signs a Memorandum of Understanding on medical cooperation between the Health Committee of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (China) and the Departments of Health of the provinces Lang Son, Quang Ninh, Cao Bang and Ha Giang (Vietnam).

* Attending the conference on medical work and training conference on HIV/AIDS project in Vietnam - China border area, cooperation in prevention and control of infectious diseases across the Mekong - Lancang border were Mr. Do Nam Trung, Consul General of Viet Nam in Nanning, China; Mr. Nhiep Kien Cuong, Deputy Director of Department of International Cooperation, the National Health Commission (China) and representative leaders of Departments of Health of four Vietnamese provinces and those of the Health Committee of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China.

Representative leaders of Departments of Health of four Vietnamese provinces and the Health Committee of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China briefed on the medical work; HIV/AIDS prevention and control; the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic which has been developing complicatedly in each area in recent times. At the same time, the units also proposed solutions to enhance the effectiveness of medical work in international cooperation in the coming time such as strengthening the development of information exchange regulations; regularly organizing specialized talks on health; establishing rules for medical assistance and treatment in the border area and so on.

At the conference, representative leaders of the Departments of Health of four Vietnamese provinces including Lang Son, Quang Ninh, Cao Bang, Ha Giang and the Health Committee of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Medical Cooperation between the parties by online form. The content of the Memorandum of Understanding was agreed by the parties in November 2020. The overall goal of the Memorandum of Understanding on Medical Cooperation is to promote and develop comprehensive cooperation between the parties in the field of health according to the actual conditions of each unit on the principle of strictly complying with legal regulations and rules of its own country. Thereby, it contributes to consolidating and further developing the cooperative relationship between the parties in the field of health, continuing to improve the people’s health according to the principles of equality, mutual benefit and mutual respect.

In the afternoon of the same day, the delegates attended a training conference on the HIV/AIDS project in the Viet Nam-China border area with the content of implementing cooperation strategies to fight HIV/AIDS across the border in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

* On the same day, the Department of Education of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (China) chaired and coordinated with Departments of Education and Training, Departments of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs of provinces: Quang Ninh, Lang Son and Cao Bang, Ha Giang (Viet Nam) to hold an online conference to discuss educational work.

The delegates attending the conference at the point of Cao Bang province

Over the past time, implementing the program signed between the parties (in 2020), the exchange and cooperation in the development of education, training and vocational education has made a lot of progress. Every year, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region grants 10-25 undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships to each of the four border provinces of Vietnam. Along with that, the four provinces of Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Cao Bang and Ha Giang have also facilitated and granted scholarships to some Guangxi pupils and students who wish to study at universities in Viet Nam. The two side’s achievements of cooperation in recent years have not only brought benefits to officials, teachers and students in the education sector, helping to improve the quality of human resources, but also contributed to enhancing exchanges between the two peoples, consolidating and developing friendship and cooperation relations between localities.

At the conference, the delegates of the two sides exchanged and discussed issues in educational cooperation, especially the training of pupils and students between Guangxi and the four border provinces of Viet Nam; exchanging about vocational education, cooperation in vocational training for students of both sides; discussing the program of awarding educational scholarships to pupils and students; sharing how to organize educational work in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic; exchanging and cooperating in training and fostering teachers in vocational education; organizing internships and vocational training in Guangxi for pupils and students from border provinces of Viet Nam.

On the basis of  exchanging ideas, the two sides agreed to continue to maintain the signed contents and the regular exchange mechanism between the two parties; continue to implement the program of awarding scholarships to train officials, pupils and students; strengthen the organization of training teachers teaching Chinese and Vietnamese between the two sides; promote exchange of educational work between the universities of Guangxi and colleges and universities in the four border provinces of Viet Nam; establish a vocational education alliance to share and cooperate in vocational education and training. At the same time, the two sides will advise levels of authorities to allow overseas Vietnamese students (who have had two doses of Vero cell vaccine) to return to universities in Guangxi and overseas Guangxi students to return to Viet Nam to complete courses.

The upcoming conference on educational cooperation between the four border provinces of Vietnam and Guangxi (China) is expected to be held in 2022 and chaired by Cao Bang province.

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